Update on Fairgrounds Redevelopment

A number of interesting things have been occurring in the past month. Probably the most notable has been the decision on the part of the Board of Supervisors to reconsider the RFP Process. As stated in a recent Mercury News article, the Supervisors were not satisfied with the results of the current RFP process and felt they need to look at other options and the requirements. Needless to say, the Fairgrounds Heritage Foundation was pleased and encouraged to hear the Board of Supervisors may be open to the public driven process that we have been advocating for reimagining the Fairgrounds. However, this also means that a number of groups who were not part of the original process have discovered a sudden interest in the Fairgrounds. As we have from the beginning, the Foundation welcomes the input and involvement of everyone in the County, but we also want to ensure that a coherent plan, one that captures as many of the possibilities as we have heard about from the public, wins the day. The Fairgrounds Heritage Foundation has been busy these past weeks fundraising and preparing for the Supervisors’ Meeting on Tuesday, September 12th at the County Building on Hedding Street. If you are available, please join us in support of a public-driven process. Come to the County Building about 11 am, on Tuesday, September 12th. It is not necessary that you speak, unless you wish to. The Foundation will have signs available that read, “Let Us Imagine the Possibilities” to be raised during the Fairgrounds discussion. Please bring a friend with you to make your support for the Fairgrounds as visible as possible. After several...

The 75thAnnual Santa Clara County Fair is Here!

The 75thAnnual Santa Clara County Fair is Here! Fairgrounds Heritage Foundation is excited to announce the 2019 75th Annual Fair, August 1,2,3,4.   We’ve put together an amazing history celebrating the Fair and Fairgrounds. It is housed in the Heritage Hall. Look for the mural of the Contented Cow and step into the past. This effort is led by Marcella Gulmon and her committee, who want to add to this marvelous collection of treasured items. If you have an item to donate or want to get involved, please send an email to [email protected]  telling us about the item and your special connection to the Fair or Fairgrounds.  Please check out the recent coverage in the San Jose Mercury News  here! We are also excited to announce FHF Diamond Giveaway!  As part of the 75th celebration, a men or women’s diamond ring will be given away to a lucky individual in a drawing at end of Fair.  The winner will be able to choose his or her ring worth up to $5,000.  We are grateful to Mann’s Jewelers of Willow Glen for helping arrange this great prize. To become or eligible, please fill out a survey while attending the 75thAnnual Fair.  The survey stations are located near the Main Gate and at various other locations on the Fairgrounds.  A winning name will be drawn on August 4th2019. You do not need to be present to win, but you must attend the Fair to enter.   Finally, if you would like to help us build the Fair and Fairgrounds back into an amazing community asset, please become a member of the Fairgrounds Heritage...

Fairgrounds Heritage Foundation of Santa Clara County August 2017 Newsletter

Advocacy in Action Join Us at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15   With the 2017 Fair wrapped up and the Heritage Foundation’s booth packed away for this year, we wanted to share our excitement with you. A major objective of our presence at the Fair was to get the word out about decisions the Board of Supervisors are making about the Fairgrounds, as they will be doing at the County Supervisors meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15th , at 10 am, at the County Building on Hedding in San Jose. County staff and consultants hired by the Supervisors to investigate potential uses for the Fairgrounds will be making their final recommendations at this meeting. We hope you will join us at this important meeting and let your voice be heard! Successful Fair Kickoff VIP Reception The FairgroundsHeritage Foundation (FHF) again participated in the Fair opening day VIP Reception sponsored by the Fairgrounds Management Corporation. Over 300 community leaders representing all parts of Santa Clara County turned out to show their support for the Fair and the Fairgrounds Foundation. Politicians, City and County staffers, leaders from non-profits, the arts community, educational institutions, technology companies, the media and people like you who care deeply about the future of the Fairgrounds, brought their families to mingle, talk, and enjoy all the Fair had to offer. It was a fun and exciting evening with so much positive feedback about the great gains the Fair has made in recent years and the insistence on public input by the Foundation. Supervisor, Dave Cortese, who attended, remarked of the importance of keeping the...
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